Hello there. I’m Valerie.
I’m a wife to my high school sweetheart and a mama to our two precious kids. I thrive on being creative, which makes sense as I market professional services for a living. I love crafts and anything DIY. I’m learning to love myself, including every imperfection. I have two autoimmune diseases and I’m using those as a catalyst to propel myself forward in this blessed life.
In December of 2014, I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease after losing 30 pounds and becoming extremely malnourished. Through guidance from doctors and support from family and friends, I’m feeling amazing and better than I ever have been in my entire life. While I did a complete 180 in regards to my lifestyle, it is the best thing that could have happened to me. Thanks to my diagnosis, I now know far more about my body and am the healthiest I have ever been. I have also struggled with Hasimoto’s Thyroiditis since 2008, but have a much better handle on things.
As a working mama to two small children, a celiac diagnosis was a big change for my family. We eat a lot healthier, much to my children’s dismay, and we eat out a lot less. My bank account surely appreciates it! I pack my food to work every day and often bring my own food to business lunches, pending the occasion. I have learned so much about eating out, especially with the help of my Nima Sensor.
After attending my first gluten free conference in September 2016, I decided I wanted to help educate and spread the word about Celiac Disease. I also wanted to help others struggling, newly diagnosed individuals and also to join a community of others who share the disease. Having a community to share with is monumental when it comes to coping and living with an autoimmune disease. If I can help or inspire anyone, then my mission is fulfilled.
I originally thought a celiac diagnosis would be the end of fun and joy. While it can be isolating, I’ve learned to navigate it in such a way that it is far less overwhelming. This blog is about my journey as a celiac through this beautiful life and that you can absolutely be Wheatless & Happy.